UTI’s: What You Need to Know

Feminine issues are not exactly a preferred topic of conversation. They can be awkward to converse about and furthermore confusing to understand, therefore I figured I would create a post describing one issue in particular to provide some insight.

UTI stands for Urinary Tract Infection, and it sounds as unpleasant as it is. It consists of any component of the urinary system being infected, and said infection can occur in the bladder, the urethra or the kidneys. The infection usually develops as a result of bacteria coming into direct contact with the urethra, and they can be tricky to individually diagnose.

The most common symptoms of a UTI include a burning sensation when urinating, a frequent urge to urinate with little liquid coming out when you do urinate, pain, pressure or discomfort in the lower back and/or abdomen, discoloured urine and fatigue. If you begin to experience fever-like symptoms, it could mean that the infection has spread to your kidneys, making the condition more serious.

If you think you may have a UTI, head to a doctor’s office. You will be asked to provide a urine sample which will be tested for a UTI, and you will likely receive antibiotics if you do in fact have one.

There are suggested at-home remedies for UTI’s, however because they have the ability to worsen if left untreated I personally believe consulting the opinion of a doctor is the best way to treat the situation. Heating pads can aid with muscle pain that often occurs as a result of a UTI, and drinking plenty of water can assist in healing the infection at a quicker rate.

Be sure to pay attention to your body and treat any possible issues with diligence. UTI’s impact up to 50% of women at least once in their lifetime, and are therefore nothing to be embarrassed about.

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